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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (UFA, 1920). Very Fine. German Lobby Card (12.75" X 9.25").
    A treasure from the early days of cinema, country of origin pieces from Robert Wiene's monument to German Expressionism are exceedingly scarce and very sought after. Weaving a tale of unprecedented terror, writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer plunged headlong into the murky depths of the human mind, exploring the shifting boundary between subjectivity and insanity. The film's surreal, nightmarish settings further warp the dark fantasy unfolding on the screen and have had a lasting influence on the horror genre, courtesy of the visionary designers Hermann Warm, Walter Rein, and Walter Rohrig. A murderous blend of romanticism, fantasy, and medieval fairy tale, it centers around the darkly mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) and his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt). This beautiful and rare card is the scene when the police apprehend a criminal in possession of a knife who is caught attempting to murder an elderly woman. When questioned by Francis (Friedrich Feher) and Dr. Olson (Rudolf Lettinger), the criminal confesses he tried to kill the elderly woman, but denies any part in the two previous deaths that baffle the police; he was merely taking advantage of the situation to divert blame onto the real murderer. Disagreement still continues as to who the actor playing the criminal part is. It has been more widely stated that Rudolf Klein-Rogge appeared in the uncredited role of the criminal, however, recent research indicates that the part may have been actually played by Ludwig Rex. In excellent condition for its age, this German lobby card shows such indications of handling as slight creases, faint surface scuffs, and very minor smudges. There is an official embossed stamp in the upper right.


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